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Bigelow man sentenced after fleeing officer

WORTHINGTON -- Zachary Heath Albertson, 22, of Bigelow, was sentenced Tuesday for fleeing from a peace officer in a motor vehicle, a felony. Albertson led law enforcement on a high-speed chase nearly a year ago while driving under the influence o...

WORTHINGTON - Zachary Heath Albertson, 22, of Bigelow, was sentenced Tuesday for fleeing from a peace officer in a motor vehicle, a felony. Albertson led law enforcement on a high-speed chase nearly a year ago while driving under the influence of alcohol. 

According to court records, a Nobles County Sheriff’s Office deputy was traveling west on Nobles County 16 while on patrol when he observed a vehicle turn south onto Nobles County 15. While the officer traveled at 55 mph, he observed that the distance between the vehicles grew at a quick pace.
Radar confirmed the other vehicle was traveling at 75 mph. After stopping at a stop sign, Albertson took off again at what appeared to be a fast rate. Court documents then say the officer accelerated to 100 mph but was unable to close the distance.
The officer proceeded to turn on the emergency lights. Albertson then turned into a driveway on Edwards Avenue along the west side of an acreage before driving into a plowed field. The deputy followed Albertson into the field, where he eventually slowed down and stopped about three-quarters of a mile into the field.
Albertson said he had fled after seeing the squad car in Wilmont and claimed he thought he was being followed. He told the officer he had not heard instructions to get out of the vehicle. A preliminary breath test resulted in an alcohol concentration reading of .101. Later, at the Nobles County Jail, a second breath test resulted in an alcohol concentration of .13.
As part of a plea agreement entered last November, Albertson pleaded guilty to the felony count of fleeing a peace officer and a gross misdemeanor offense of DWI operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 within two hours. Three other charges were dismissed, along with a 2014 case for underage drinking and driving. Albertson said he’d learned from the incident and wants to move forward with his life.
Albertson was given a stay of imposition and sentenced to supervised probation for three years, during which he is to abstain from alcohol and non-prescribed drugs and subject to random testing. He will serve 90 days in jail - in three 30-day stints over the next three years, with a credit for two days already served - starting in May. He was given the option of electronic home monitoring instead of spending time in jail.
“... (I’m) giving you an opportunity here,” Judge Gordon Moore told Albertson.

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